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Top 5 Certifications that Will Get You Your Dream Job in IT Industry

Top 5 Certifications that Will Get You Your Dream Job in IT Industry

The IT market is booming. There are a huge number of jobs being created by the day – 165 million jobs in the US by 2020.

Yes, this usually means there will be mass hiring with a lot of varied positions opened.

But companies want professionals with skills – skills that mean something to the industry, they want professionals who are certified.

Certifications get your skills up to speed with the latest developments in the industry. Due to their maintenance requirements, these credentials expect you to keep yourself updated with constant training. Besides, a certified professional earns at least two times more than a non-certified professional.

Simplilearn conducted a survey to check which of the certifications are going to take the top 5 positions in 2017. And here is what they found:

1. Project Management Professional (PMP®)

Project Management Professional stands first on the list of the top 5 certifications. An internationally recognized professional credential offered by the PMI® (Project Management Institute), PMP is one that lands professionals the top most jobs in the industry. Attaining this credential signifies that you understand the universal project management language. You are also connected to a large community of professionals, experts, and organizations worldwide in the same industry.

Where can you get certification training?

Simplilearn’s PMP® training course is designed to ensure that you pass your PMP exam at the first attempt. Their hands-on training approach helps your understand the working of the 5 process groups and the 10 knowledge areas that are defined in the PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition. With simulation exams, practice tests, industry case studies, and mentorship from global thought leaders, you can be sure to get the entire package learning experience you are looking for.

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    2. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

    The certification to bag the second spot is the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. This certification is for those individuals who have basic experience designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS software. The exam covers a range of topics like designing on AWS, selecting the appropriate AWS services, ingress and egress of data to and from the AWS, estimating AWS costs and identifying cost-control measures.

    What does the income look like?

    Well, as a certified AWS Solutions Architect Associate, your average annual salary is $125,871.

    What is criteria you need to meet?

    If you are planning on taking up this certification, here’s what you need to meet the criteria:

    • 1-2 years of hands-on experience designing available, fault tolerant, cost efficient, and scalable distributed systems on AWS.
    • In-depth knowledge of at least one high-level programming language.
    • The ability to identify and define requirements for an AWS-based application.
    • The experience to deploy hybrid systems with on-premises and AWS components.
    • The capability to provide best practices to build secure and reliable applications on the AWS platform.

    Where can you get certification training?

    Simplilearn’s AWS Solution Architect Associate training program is designed to help you develop well-rounded skills to kick-start your journey with AWS. With industry expert, Bernard Golden, as the course instructor, you will learn how AWS redefines the rules of architecting IT infrastructure. You will also lean Amazon’s best practices. One of the few companies who offer hands-on experience in AWS, their AWS Solutions Architect Associate training course comes with access to an AWS labs for hands-on learning.

    3. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

    Third on the list is the CISSP certification from (ISC)2. This certification is ideal for those candidates with proven deep managerial and technical competence skills, credibility, and experience to design, implement, engineer, and manage the information security program to protect organizations from growing sophisticated attacks.

    What does their income look like?

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    As a CISSP, your average annual salary will be $121,923.

    What is the criteria you need to meet?

    If you want to pursue this certification, you will need to first have five years of cumulative paid full-time work experience in two of the eight domains in the (ISC)2 CISSP CBL®.

    You could receive one year of waiver if you have a four year college degree or regional equivalent or an additional credential from the (ISC)2 approved list. If you do get this waiver, you will only need four years of full-time professional security work experience in two or more of the eight domains in the CISSP CBK®.

    How many people hold this certification?

    As of the 4th of October 2016, there are 110,408 (ISC)2 members holding the CISSP certification worldwide. Don’t let this number scare you. CISSPs are still in extreme demand.

    Where can you get your certification training?

    Simplilearn’s CISSP certification training is aligned to the (ISC) ² CBK 2015 and trains you in the industry’s latest best practices, which will help you ace the exam in the first attempt. With cyber expert Joseph Steinberg leading the class, this training will help you define the architecture, and design and manage the security of your organization as well as develop working knowledge in the eight domains areas prescribed by the CISSP Common Book of Knowledge, 2015.

    4. ITIL® v3 Foundation

    Coming in 4th on the list is the ITIL® v3 Foundation certification. This certification gives you a basic understanding of the key elements, concepts, and terminologies that are used in the ITIL® service lifecycle.

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    What does the take home look like?

    Getting certified in ITIL® v3 Foundation gets you an average annual salary of $99,869.

    What is the criteria you need to meet?

    This certification has no prerequisites that you will need to fulfil. In fact, this certification acts like a prerequisite if you plan on taking up the next level ITIL certifications.

    Where can you get your training?

    Simplilearn’s ITIL Foundation certification training gives you a general awareness of the key elements, concepts, and terminology used in the ITIL service lifecycle. With mentorship from Manuel Llyod, IT service expert, the training is designed to ensure that you pass your exam in the first attempt.

    5. Data Scientist

    “Data Scientist” is the pinnacle rank in an analytics organization. Glassdoor has ranked Data Scientist first in the 25 Best Jobs for 2016. With the amount of data being generated every day, companies are on the lookout for data scientists with the ability to keep with the changing need of the industry.

    What is the take home?

    As a certified data scientist, your average annual salary will be $118,709.

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    What are the skills you will need to become a data scientist and the criteria you need to meet?

    1. Python Coding – The most common coding language, Python is required in this role, along with Java, Perl, or C/C++.
    2. Understanding of the Hadoop Platform – There isn’t usually always a requirement to know Hadoop, but it is preferred. Having experience in Pig or Hive is a strong selling point.
    3. SQL Database/ Coding – At interviews you will still be judged on your ability to write and execute complex queries in SQL, so knowing the language is a must.
    4. Unstructured data – It is an absolute must that you are able to work with unstructured data no matter where it comes from.

    You will need to have a few years of relevant work experience to take up any data science certification exam from any institute.

    Where can you get your certification training?

    Simplilearn recently launched a revolutionary product called the Masters Program, which is a set of selected number of courses that are chosen according to an industry recommended learning path. This gives you the perfect road to follow with you are looking to become an expert.

    Their Data Scientist Masters Program is a bundle that offers 5 of the most-wanted Data Science courses in the industry. This program has been designed keeping in mind the requirements of the new wave of demand for strong analytics professionals. It equips you with all the conceptual and technical skills that are required for the ultimate position in the analytics industry. This program comes with access to high-quality eLearning content, simulation exams, a community moderated by experts, and other resources that will help you land your dream role.

    So there you go – the top 5 certifications you might just want to consider. There were couple of other certifications that stood out, but due to a lower number of respondents, they were not listed.

    It’s time to take your career to the next level. Get certified and stay on top of your game.

    Good luck!

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    How to Succeed in Life on Your Own Terms: 7 Essential Steps

    How to Succeed in Life on Your Own Terms: 7 Essential Steps

    There is a great deal of advice in the world telling us how to succeed in life, but often we are given advice that isn’t tailored to our needs, desires and priorities. Success means different things to each of us, and living a life that feels genuinely successful to me might be very different to your idea of a successful life.

    Naturally, when we follow the advice of someone else, which is tailored to their life goals and personality, we can end up with something that doesn’t deliver on the promise. We don’t get rewarded with our vision of success: we get theirs.

    This is why I’m a proponent of self-discovery, introspection and personal sovereignty. So how to succeed on your own terms?

    These 7 essential steps are not going to tell you exactly what to do, but they will provide you with the tools and the questions to ask so that you can discover your own path, so you know how to succeed in life on your own terms.

    1. Know Thyself

    One of Socrates’ most well-known quotes is,

    An unexamined life is not worth living.

    I argue that an unexamined life is not a successful one. Self-knowledge is something we could dedicate our lives to, but I’m not suggesting you sit around and navel-gaze in order to find happiness and meaning.

    Thankfully, there are people who have created techniques and systems that less us fast-forward through a lot of personal philosophizing, and quickly identify some key aspects of what makes us, us.

    You might want to find out what your ideal daily schedule is,[1] and you can take tests that reveal just that. Or you might want to figure out what you need to get things done – and yes, there’s a quiz for that too.

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    None of these tests are infallible, and some are more scientific than others, but the process of asking yourself questions about your behaviors and traits is invaluable when it comes to determining your path to succeed in life.

    For example, if you know you are an introvert and are unhappy in your current workplace, it might be worth considering why that is (an open plan office space perhaps) and what you would prefer.

    It’s these little questions that will provoke answers in you that can guide the decisions that truly improve your life now and in the future.

    2. Figure out What Matters to You

    What lights you up? This is a question that often gets forgotten as we age. A fortunate child will be given the stimulation they desire in the form of bright toys, affection and entertainment. Little by little, the things that bring a child joy get replaced by what society demands on their behalf.

    When we return to that question, and ask ourselves what really matters and what brings us joy, we can move closer towards a successful life. It can help to think back to your childhood, and the times in your life when you were in what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls a flow state.[2]

    In a state of flow, time slows and our focus is directed like a laser. We are fully present.

    Whilst not everything in life that matters to you will conjure up a flow state, it’s a good indication of the kind of activities and experiences you can try to incorporate into your life on a regular basis.

    A successful life is made up of moments like this, and when you know what matters to you and brings you a sense of joy and purpose, you can go about creating more of that.

    3. Play to Your Strengths

    Why spend your time only on mitigating your weaknesses, only to feel average? Instead, playing to your strengths and amplifying those skills and qualities you already have will help you go from average to extraordinary.

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    If you’re great at big picture thinking and love dreaming up new ideas, but often lack attention to detail, acknowledge that. Then instead of trying to improve your analytical skills, focus instead on developing your existing skills of imagination and insight. When you need someone with a keen eye for detail, you can collaborate with those people.

    Jackson Pollock was an extreme introvert, with no real desire to get his artwork in front of people. Fortunately, he had Clement Greenberg, who was much further towards the extrovert end of the spectrum, to popularize his work and get Pollock the publicity he needed.[3]

    Start by identifying your strengths and what comes naturally to you. Then work on developing those and becoming known for those strengths. You can always find someone who will help you in fill in the gaps.

    4. Listen to Yourself

    It isn’t always clear to us that we’re on a path that leads us to failure or to success. People can spends decades in a job that is unfulfilling and slowly breaking their spirit, without even realizing it – until it’s too late. This is usually because they haven’t learned how to truly listen to themselves.

    The challenge we face is that we’re listening to so many other sources of information; whether it’s the news, television, social media, family, friends or colleagues. Many may want to help, but that doesn’t mean they know what’s best for us. Only you know what success means for you, and working this out begins with listening to yourself.

    Listening to yourself requires practice. It’s a daily effort, which over time, does get easier. That inner voice of wisdom will get clearer, and the decisions you make will feel more convincing.

    To start, you could try to set aside 10 to 15 minutes when you first wake up, in silence. Rather than look at your phone, checking emails or social media, simply sit in silence, listening.

    Ask yourself a simple question like, what am I feeling right now, in this moment? Notice the answer that bubbles up, without getting lost in the story. Starting an inner dialogue, without judgment is one of the key tools you can use to start making better decisions in your life.

    Learn more about listening to your true self in this guide: How to Listen to Your Inner Voice for Greater Fulfillment

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    5. Listen to Others (But Not Everyone)

    Listening to yourself is one thing, but listening to others is crucial in order to learn, empathize and be of benefit to your community.

    Truly listening to others is not just waiting patiently until it’s your turn to speak. Active listening requires focused attention, and the intention to understand where the other person is coming from.

    When you do this, you can ask better questions and discover more about the world and everyone in it, as well as learn how to interact with others in order to succeed in life on your own terms.

    However, this doesn’t mean you have to listen to everyone you come across. Trolls on the internet may come into the category of people not to listen to. Some people’s opinions will do more harm than good, as not everyone has your best interest in mind.

    It’s worth identifying a shortlist of people whose opinions you will listen to. Brené Brown, author of the New York Times best-seller Daring Greatly, recommends taking a 1-inch x 1-inch square of paper and make a list of people whose opinions matter to you. These are the people who love you and will genuinely support and help you. According to Brown,

    “If you need more paper, you need to edit.”

    6. Make Time for Reflection

    It’s easy to go through life without taking inventory of what you’re actually accomplishing. Missing this crucial step means we end up jumping from one goal to the next, without feeling like we’re getting anywhere.

    Make time, ideally each day to reflect. You might keep a paper journal, or an online document. Either way, jot down:

    • What went well today
    • Something you’re grateful for
    • What would make tomorrow even better

    Doing this can have measurable benefits to our overall sense of well-being, as well as keeping us focused for more success in the future.[4]

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    It also helps combat feelings of lack and doubt, that arise when we compare ourselves to others. When we look at someone who appears to be more successful than us in an area of life, we can forget how far we’ve come and how much we have to be grateful for.

    Making time to reflect on what you have accomplished is critical to keep you on track, and just not looking at what others are doing.

    7. Don’t Be Afraid to Change Your Mind

    Arguably the most important step of all:

    Remember that there’s nothing wrong in changing your mind and correcting course.

    The path to a successful life is not straight and narrow. It meanders and there’s no harm in going back and picking a different (and better) route.

    “I think our life is a journey, and we make mistakes, and it’s how we learn from those mistakes and rebound from those mistakes that sets us on the path that we’re meant to be on.” — Jay Ellis

    Be willing to make mistakes, learn from them and change your mind. Ultimately, there’s no better way to succeed in life on your own terms.

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